This exposition continues for almost two minutes. Then the different sections of the orchestra start to change roles, and with this shift the intensity of the piece grows. It is as if one is striving against all odds to climb a mountain, and with every two steps up you slip back one. This slow climb continues as the music grows in intensity until it reaches a searing climax (7:09). The climax is followed by a brief silence; the struggle to reach the pinnacle is now replaced by the calm and quiet of an exhausted trip down the mountain. The music returns to its solemn, peaceful beginning theme. The Adagio ends with sustained chords that are held until they fade away into silence.